A look at the Cover and Contents of our special 60th Anniversary issue of Model Boats  

Model Boats 60th Anniversary Commemorative Issue

13th May sees the publication of our Special Commemorative Issue of Model Boats which celebrates 60 years of Model Boating.

Guest Editor Colin Bishop takes us on a personal Odyssey covering six decades of Model Boats and its predecessor Model Maker. Colin’s reminiscences introduce classic material from the past interposed with specially commissioned articles from favourite regular contributors to the magazine.

From the 1950s we have superb warship detail drawings plus a very traditional modelling material still in use today. The 1960s contribute a vehicle ferry scratch built scale project and a fast electric boat, both from the pen of the legendary Vic Smeed. The 1970s feature a controversial yacht design plus international power boating competition reporting. From the 1980s we include a superb military hovercraft project plus some useful information on scaling your models while the 1990s showcase the work of a master modeller and delve into the technicalities of propulsion. Moving into the 21st Century we cover some recent developments in popular yachting and include a comprehensive review of a modern tug kit.

The commissioned articles include a modern interpretation of a 1960s cabin cruiser by the ever popular Glynn Guest, a look at the development of kits over the last 60 years and a survey of commercial model boat steam over the same period. The history and present activities of the Model Yachting and Model Power Boat Associations are also covered together with a brief history of the magazine itself and a definitive survey of the model boating scene today by current Editor Paul Freshney who outlines his plans for the future direction of the magazine.

This Special Commemorative issue is likely to become a collector’s item and is only available from selected branches of W.H. Smith.